Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
This philanthropic power couple are known for their efforts in support of third world countries and important causes nationally. Let’s take you through the duo’s charitable acts one star at a time.
Jolie’s trip to war-torn Cambodia during the filming of her movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, opened her eyes to injustice everywhere and initiated her involvement in international humanitarian work.
Once landing back in the states, Jolie immediately made it a point to contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on how to get involved in aiding international areas in critical condition. She later contributed $1 million to the cause, the largest donation the UNHCR has ever seen from a private individual.This sparked her numerous visitations to war stricken areas, such as Darfur and the Syrian-Iraqi border, on field missions around the world.
After adopting her Cambodian-born son, Maddox, the ever-evolving actress purchased a large sum of land in his home country that was rampant with poachers who threatened the area’s endangered species. The hollywood couple then expanded the project, renaming it the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to create Asia’s first Millennium Village in shared efforts with the UN’s developmental goals.
Other than foreign aid, Jolie has focused her activism on child immigration and education with her co-chair position at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a network of U.S. law firms that provide free legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant minors in the U.S.
More issues of importance to the actress are human and women’s rights, which she has aided through her role as co-chair during the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (seen in above photo), attended by 123 nations, resulting in endorsements by 151 countries. It’s safe to say her participation lead to massive international involvement!
Her long-awaited husband, Brad Pitt, has staked his claim in politics as well, making them the couple to be.
The pair travelled to Haiti in 2006, where they visited a school supported by Yéle Haiti, a charity in response to the hurricane founded by fellow celeb, Wyclef Jean.
Along with other names on the list, Pitt is one of the many prominent founders of Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses on awareness to prevent “mass atrocities.”
Pitt is a strong supporter of sustainable architecture plans and in response to his stance founded the Make It Right Foundation in 2006. The foundation organized housing professionals in New Orleans to finance and build 150 sustainable houses for those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Pitt later met with President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Representative, Nancy Pelosi in 2009 to promote his concept of green housing as a national model and to discuss the possibility of allotted funding.
If you couldn't already deduce, Pitt has been a loyal supporter of Obama throughout his campaigns and the actor even reaffirmed his backing in September 2012.
Both have won a massive amount of awards from a number of humanitarian foundations. There has to be a wall for those!
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